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News Wrap: Yash Chopra cremated; Armstrong banned from cycling

by FP Staff  Oct 22, 2012 19:32 IST

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This news wrap was last updated at 6.15 PM

- Kingfisher Airlines made a last ditch effort to end the impasse with its employees. They have offered to pay its staff three month salaries in installments. While the first month’s salary will be paid within 24 hours, the second month’s will be disbursed in a week and the third month’s wages will come post Diwali, the management said.

The Kingfisher Airlines has not paid its staff for seven months.

Meanwhile, shares in Kingfisher Airlines Ltd dropped 4.8 percent today, after its licence was suspended on Saturday.

As of recording, there was still no final word on whether or not the deal has been accepted.

- Legendary director Yash Chopra was cremated today in the presence of mournning friends, family and fans, who came in hordes to pay their last respects to the filmmaker. The 80-year-old died of multi-organ failure. Celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Adnan Sami, Mukesh Bhatt and Preity Zinta were present at the cremation.

We have a short tribute in the bulletin.

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- Fasih Mohammed, a suspected Indian Mujahideen operator and a key accused in the Delhi and Bangalore blasts, has been arrested after he was deported from Saudi Arabia. He was in detention for five months in and was taken into custody from Delhi airport on his arrival from the Gulf.

We have a report, including clips from his brother and Home Secretary RK Singh.

- Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi faced international ire in 2002 immediately after the Godhra riots. He was denied a visa to visit the US, and later in 2005 he was also denied a visa to visit the United Kingdom. But today, British High Commissioner to India James Bevan met Modi in an official capacity, departing from a decade old diplomatic stance against the Gujarat Chief Minister. This could well be the start of the normalisation of ties between the Indian state and Britain.

Modi has not visited Britain since 2003.

- In sport, the International Cycling Union has banned Lance Armstrong from the sport for life. They have also stripped him of all his Tour de France titles following USADA's report on allegations that he was part of an organised doping scandal. UCI president Pat McQuaid told reporters he was "sickened" by the revelations, adding that "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and deserved to be forgotten.

- Saina Nehwal has emerged victorious in the Denmark Open final. Saina, who was competing in her first tournament after the London Games, won 21-17, 21-8 against sixth seed German Juliane Schenk in 35 minutes to notch up her second Super Series Premier title.

- A gun man opened fire at the suburban Milwaukee beauty salon where his spouse worked, killing three people and wounding four others before shooting himself. This happened two weeks after he was accused of slashing his wife’s car tires. All three of those shot to death at the Azana Salon & Spa were female.